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North Bergen Mayor and State Sen. Nicholas Sacco (D-North Bergen). (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Sacco predicts peace in Hudson County

By Nikita Biryukov, May 21 2019 2:11 pm

North Bergen Mayor and State Sen. Nick Sacco is predicting peace in Hudson County.

Following last week’s elections, all of Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise’s political opponents have been knocked out of office or brought back into the fold.

“There should be peace in Hudson,” Sacco said.

West New York Mayor Felix Roque lost re-election to a slate of county-backed challengers headed by Commissioner Gabriel Rodriguez last week.

Roque sided with Union City Mayor and State Sen. Brian Stack during last year’s Hudson warette over control of the county’s Democratic county committee.

Though Sack and the other mayors that backed him — including Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla — moved past the conflict that ended with Amy DeGise claiming the role of county chair, Roque’s feud with Rep. Albio Sires left him the odd man out.

At the height of last year’s conflict, Roque called on Sires, a former West New York mayor, to retire from the House of Representatives.

The congressman took that sleight personally and spent the run-up to election day knocking on doors for Rodriguez’s slate.

Those efforts proved successful. The county-backed slate swept West New York’s elections, ousting Roque and Commissioner Sue Colacurcio, the only incumbent that stuck by Roque.

It’s possible that the feud between Roque and Sires hasn’t died down fully, but Sacco said he doesn’t expect the congressman will face any challenges come 2020.

“I don’t see any sparks to start a fire,” Sacco said. “I think everything’s in order. The county’s united, and I would think that’s going to be fine.”

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